I'm a German-speaking native New Yorker in my late 20's heading to Vienna with my wife in late November for some performances at the Volksoper. I'll be there starting early Thursday morning and leaving Sunday morning (staying at the Imperial). We're looking for a good mix of off-the-beaten-path, non-tourist places as well as "classic" Viennese places with a mix of both tourists and locals. Obviously, good food is a criterion for both. We're not really interested in Asian, non-Austrian cuisine for this trip. Also, I'd like to do Saturday night at an haute cuisine restaurant (Steiereck?.. I'm not so sure). Based on posts from Sturmi and others this is what I've cobbled together:
Thursday: Julius Meinl for lunch, followed by kaffe u. kuchen at Demel, followed by pre-opera dinner at Zum Schwarzen Kameel, followed by Sacher Torte after the performance (sorry--have to do that).
Friday: Wander around the Naschmarkt for breakfast, lunch at Rudi's Beisl, kaffe u. kuchen at Cafe Sperl, drinks in the Esterhazy Keller before dinner, and then a big meal at Walter Bauer's, and then perhaps a nightcap somehwere (suggestsions?). No opera Friday night.
Saturday: lunch at the restuarant in the MAK (apparently Kurt Guttenbrunner likes this place.. he's a big hit in New York). and then a big dinner AFTER the opera. Was thinking Schnattl but was hoping for something more luxurious. Finsteren Stern? I feel like Steireck is the wrong move here. Thoughts?
So, in short: is the restuarant in the MAK still as good as before? What's a good "fancy" place for after the opera on Saturday night? and any after-dinner drink spot recommendations for Friday night? Wein & Co. seems a little uninteresting given it's a chain.